Funny thing, I'm not on either team. I supported Obama back in the day and you can go look up my history if you want. Rather, I hope that everyone doing dirty tricks gets exposed.
I supported W Bush back in the day (big mistake), and I agree with you.
There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.
What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.
No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.
Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.
And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.
Bush's "the constitution is just a damn piece of paper" playbook
Sidenote: I was trying to explain my beliefs on politics to my son earlier this week, and decided to look up this quote on the fly while I was telling him about it. I learned that there's no evidence Bush ever actually said this. Although he did certainly act like he felt that way.
I realize you're not necessarily asserting that Bush actually said it - but I thought you might be interested. It was interesting to me.
So you just stopped when you didn't find anything on WP?
No, I blabbed on Slashdot, like any good Slashdot reader. What'd you expect me to do, RTFM?
(The truth is I found the statement in the article that Thiel became an adviser in 2015, but I still thought it might make for a good discussion and went on and posted it anyway.)
"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." - Voltaire